Common name: Carol's wattle
Acacia caroleae Pedley APNI*
Synonyms: Acacia doratoxylon var. angustifolia Maiden APNI*
Racosperma caroleae (Pedley) Pedley APNI*
Description: Erect or spreading tree or shrub 1–6 m high; bark smooth to corrugated, brown; branchlets angled towards apices, ± glabrous.
Phyllodes ± linear, straight to slightly curved, 5–21 cm long, usually 1.5–4 mm wide, bluish grey-green, glabrous, numerous longitudinal veins not prominent, apex subacute or obtuse with a mucro; 1 small gland at base; pulvinus 1–3 mm long.
Inflorescences usually 2–5 on an axillary axis 1–20 mm long; peduncles 1–4 mm long, scurfy; heads cylindrical, usually 1–2.5 cm long, bright yellow; calyx sparsely hairy at base and apex.
Pods ± straight or twisted, ± flat except over seeds, slightly constricted between seeds, 6–10 cm long, 2–3 mm wide, firmly papery, glabrous; seeds longitudinal; funicle filiform.
Flowering: usually September–November.
Distribution and occurrence: chiefly north from Baradine-Narrabri area, common in Pilliga Scrub.
Grows in woodland and heath in sandy soil, often along creeks.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, CWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld
Named in honour of Carol Pedley, wife of botanist Les Pedley. Closely related to Acacia doratoxylon which usually, but not always, has broader (2-8 mm wide), more curved and brighter green phyllodes.
Text by P.G. Kodela (December 2005)
Taxon concept: P.G. Kodela & G.J. Harden, Flora of NSW Vol. 2 (2002)
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